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new and not sure where to post but i have a ???

......about my 4 year old son.?

Does anyone know what can cause my 4 year old to have grey hair? I know it sounds crazy, but he has grey hair and is only 27 lbs. He hasn't gained any weight at all since he was a year old and just had his fourth bday in October. I have been trying to find possible causes on the net but have come up with growth hormone deficiencies for his height. I cant find any causes of why he may have grey hair.?

I will be taking him to a pediatrician asap, i didnt think his height was really a big deal ( me and dad are both short) but the grey hair i only recently found, and believe me, he has a lot.

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Re: new and not sure where to post but i have a ???

  • HE's been the same weight since his 1st bday?  What has your doc said about this?  IMO you need a second or third opinion....that is not something that should be looked at lightly.  He should be gaining weight.  The grey hair isn't as worrisome, imo.  I had 2 classmates in HS that had patches of grey hair.  I mean, there could be some strange cause for it, but I'd get the weight issue taken care of for sure, then concentrate on the grey hair thing.  Good luck!
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    HE's been the same weight since his 1st bday?  What has your doc said about this?  IMO you need a second or third opinion....that is not something that should be looked at lightly.  He should be gaining weight.  The grey hair isn't as worrisome, imo.  I had 2 classmates in HS that had patches of grey hair.  I mean, there could be some strange cause for it, but I'd get the weight issue taken care of for sure, then concentrate on the grey hair thing.  Good luck!

    ditto.  i would be worried more so about not gaining any weight for 3 years.  sounds like the gray hair may be a result of not gaining any weight, some type of a deficiency.  i would see a nutritionist/specialist for these things.

  • image abpdjs:

    ditto.  i would be worried more so about not gaining any weight for 3 years.  sounds like the gray hair may be a result of not gaining any weight, some type of a deficiency.  i would see a nutritionist/specialist for these things.

    agree - i'd be concerned that your pedi hasn't brought up that their hasn't been any growth.  Has he gained in inches in that time?

  • I have asked a few different dr's and health nurses. they all say the same thing: he is proportioned properly according to his size and weight. No one has given me a reason he isn't growing. He has grown maybe 2 or 3 inches since his first birthday. He is currently sitting on the 3rd percentile mark on the charts they use at the health unit. I have a new pediatrician I am going to take him to as soon as i can. Thank you all for your help, I will most definitely look into the vitamin B12 and see if that works.?
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  • image DonnaKatherine:
    I have asked a few different dr's and health nurses. they all say the same thing: he is proportioned properly according to his size and weight. No one has given me a reason he isn't growing. He has grown maybe 2 or 3 inches since his first birthday. He is currently sitting on the 3rd percentile mark on the charts they use at the health unit. I have a new pediatrician I am going to take him to as soon as i can. Thank you all for your help, I will most definitely look into the vitamin B12 and see if that works.

    GL and I hope you find some answers. I would certainly be seeking a 2nd, 3rd, etc. opinion. I would definitely want a reason why he hasn't been growing! I hope the new pedi is helpful.  

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  • He hasn't been diagnosed with failure to thrive? You need to see a specialist because to me this sounds like exactly what is going on, apart from the graying hair. I hope your new pediatrician can lead you in the right direction.
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    He hasn't been diagnosed with failure to thrive? You need to see a specialist because to me this sounds like exactly what is going on, apart from the graying hair. I hope your new pediatrician can lead you in the right direction.

    He has not been diagnosed at all with anything. Apart from being asthmatic and having a few allergies, he is a very healthy 4 year old.?

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  • I just checked out the failure to thrive you mentioned. It sounds to me like this is the problem. I have never heard of it before. Thank you so much! Now when i see the ped. i will definitely have to mention that.
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